Top Picks for Rabbit Resistance
By Sarah Greenwood, Darwin Perennials Global Product Development Manager
If your landscape designs are frequented by fluffy garden thieves, you might find yourself wondering what plants can coexist with these creatures so that your flowers can thrive in all their nibble-free glory.
When talking about rabbit resistant plants, it’s worth noting that these are plants that are known to be less favorable to rabbits. However, if they are hungry enough, the rabbits are bound to branch out—meaning there are not really any plants that are completely rabbit proof. With that caveat in mind, here are a few of our favorite rabbit resistant plants to try in your next landscape.
Delphinium Red Lark
Nepeta subsessilis Prelude™ Purple
Achillea is care-free plant that is popular with pollinators, but its aromatic leaves tend to make rabbits steer clear. Try the Milly Rock series for a nice front of the border plant, or the New Vintage series for a striking middle of the border plant. Both series are covered in colorful flat flower clusters in a range of colors.
Delphiniums are generally left alone by rabbits, quite possibly due to the thick leathery leaves. Whatever the reason, we’re glad they are generally passed by because the flower show is not to be missed. ‘Red Lark’ brings a stunning new coral red color to the category and is sure to be a favorite!
The beauty of this plant can be enjoyed nibble-free thanks to some natural chemicals found throughout the plant that can be toxic to animals if eaten. Arctic Fox Rose boasts large flower spikes in a stunning peachy rose color that attract pollinators, particularly bumble bees.
Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker)
Rabbits generally steer clear of Kniphofia, making it a great choice for late season color in your rabbit resistant garden. Glowstick boasts bright yellow flowers that attract hummingbirds and pollinators with foliage reminiscent of an ornamental grass. Glowstick continues to send up flowers from late summer to frost for a longer color window.
While we enjoy lavender for its delightful fragrance, it’s this same pungent aroma that generally deters rabbits from munching on these plants. ‘SuperBlue’ is an excellent English lavender variety with a compact habit and nice rebloom from a trim.
Getting its fragrant foliage from the mint family it belongs to, Nepeta is a great choice for a rabbit resistant perennial. A up your garden presence with Whispurr Pink or Whispurr Blue for a full size Nepeta with a truly impressive flower show. Alternatively, check out Prelude Blue for a landscape powerhouse with more tropical looking foliage and stunning blue flowers.
Salvia (Meadow Sage)
Salvia is another member of the mint family, whose strong scent is a deterrent for rabbits. Try All-America Selections Winner ‘Blue by You’ for an early bloomer with a truly prolific flower show. It also has an excellent habit that holds together throughout the season. If you are after an excellent pink flower show, try Rose Marvel whose super-sized blooms are sure to impress.